In 2012, Google announced the development of a prototype linear scanner, a robotic scanner that scans books without removing the spines and without damaging the book. Google has made the plans and patent of the scanner openly available. This Linear Book Scanner is a new type of automatic page-turning book scanner with a simple, low-cost design. The scanner has been projected at a cost of $1500 each, making it affordable and scalable since it is envisioned that one person can manage multiple scanners simultaneously.
The University of Michigan Library is collaborating with the Mechanical Engineering 450 class to improve and enhance the design. Join Dany Qumsiyeh, the designer of the Linear Book scanner at Google, as he discusses how the idea was formed and how the Linear Book Scanner works. Dany also provides details on the design, motor control, and electronics involved, as well as list the technical challenges, limitation, and areas for improvement moving forward. A prototype of the scanner was on hand for the presentation.